Healthcare Services

Wales – in the House of Commons at on 19 April 2023.

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Photo of Jerome Mayhew Jerome Mayhew Conservative, Broadland

Whether he has had recent discussions with the Welsh Government on the adequacy of healthcare services in Wales.

Photo of James Davies James Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

I have discussions with the Welsh Government about the adequacy of Welsh healthcare services—most recently about Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board being put back into special measures. However, the Department for Health and Social Care regularly engages and collaborates with the Welsh Government to share best practice on achieving better outcomes for patients UK-wide.

Photo of Jerome Mayhew Jerome Mayhew Conservative, Broadland

The Secretary of State has just told us that the Welsh Government receives £1.20 in health funding for every pound spent in England. Despite that, the Welsh Government are the only Government in the United Kingdom to cut funding to the NHS. Does my hon. Friend agree that the Labour party has proved itself incapable in office of running health services?

Photo of James Davies James Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

I very much share his concern across Wales, especially north Wales. Yesterday, in the latest troubling revelations about Betsi Cadwaladr, we learned that the First Minister was wrong to state that the Auditor General had recommended taking the board out of special measures just prior to the 2020 devolved elections. On funding, the Welsh Government may repeatedly call for more money, but they are the only Government in the UK to cut health spending. In the latest budget they have set out plans to cut day-to-day spending on the delivery of NHS services in real terms this year compared with last year, while the UK Government are providing a real-terms increase.